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Obviously, Donald Trump can relate to the 37th President of the United States, Richard M. Nixon, because Nixon made this public statement: ‘Well, when the president does it, that means that it is not illegal.’
Oh yes, those of us old enough to remember that statement have never really forgotten it. Sadly, there is some truth to the idea that when you are the leader of the free world, you can get away with a lot more than the average Joe. But we can all agree, as we look back on history, that Nixon’s arrogance in thinking he was above the law was off the mark, by quite a bit. Not only did he have to resign his office in disgrace, he had to beg the 38th president, Gerald Ford, not to put him in jail.
Fast forward to today, when we have an unprecedented level of business conflicts of interest surrounding our next president, Donald J. Trump. The man owns or controls properties all over the world, including a new hotel just half a mile from the White House. If you are a foreign dignitary visiting the president and you don’t stay there, you know there will be repercussions. That is just the tip of a very dangerous iceberg.
Yet Trump’s response to this huge conflict of interest between his businesses and the business of the American people is the same as that of Nixon: ‘If the president does it, it is not illegal.’